retired, Chair of the Governing Board at Wigan & Leigh College, Frank
Costello has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the
Queens Birthday Honours List 2020. He
had dedicated the last 20 years to the role of College Governor, and the last
three of those as Chair.
During this tenure, the College has
significantly increased the breadth of learning opportunities and
qualifications available to young people, including the development of higher
degree apprenticeships and extra provision for students with special
During his period as Chair of the
Governing Board the College has been transformed. It is now in the top 13% of
further education colleges nationally for performance, was named Educate
North's College of the Year in 2018 and achieved the highest student
satisfaction rates in the Greater Manchester each year during his final three years.
Anna Dawe, Principal of Wigan &
Leigh College, said: “I am thrilled for Frank and his family and am so proud
that he has been recognised in this way.
He has been a huge part of the College for many years and has acted as
an exceptional role model for other governors. His dedication to the College
community has been absolute and he has influenced greatly the positive impact
the College has had on the lives of individuals.’
“His commitment to the Further Education sector is significant and this honour is a great tribute to him and his achievements.”
“As the former Chair of Wigan and Leigh College, I am absolutely thrilled and
humbled to receive this honour. Whilst recognising that it is a personal to me,
I believe it also recognises the excellence of the College, and those who work
hard to make it successful.
As the Chair
I was fortunate enough to lead a very talented and committed Board of Governors, dedicated to creating opportunity
for Students and generous in giving their time and expertise, so that others
We were also
well served by a small but excellent Executive Team, with gifted staff, ably
led by Principal Anna Dawe, who sets the standard with her vision, drive and
determination. Collectively, we created
something very special for our Students and the wider community.
performs a vital role in making further and higher education accessible to the
local community, and through it, transforming the lives and dreams of so many.
In my 20
years as a Governor, I enjoyed many highlights, but few compare to seeing the
Parish Church packed with delighted Students, with their proud families and
Tutors, gathered to receive their awards and degrees; all made possible through
the College and its culture.
However, the College cannot achieve its ambitions alone, and I was always grateful for the support of the Council, the Combined Authority and a range of other Partners. It was my privilege to be part of this experience.”